Trying to predict the eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano is probably like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. However, new studies and facts suggest that it could blow sooner than previously thought by scientists.
The Yellowstone volcano’s last super eruption occurred more than 630,000 years ago. Scientists have long surmised that it would erupt again, but that it would be many years from now.
Scientists continue working to better determine and predict when the next eruption may happen. A new study states that the prediction for the eruption timeline could be sooner than previously thought.
The Yellowstone Volcano Eruption Prediction
Just the mere thought of the chaos and destruction that would occur from a super eruption is mind blowing. Some scientists and scholars have predicted that it could totally destroy most, if not all life on Earth.
National Geographic reported that a study of ancient ash suggested that the conditions needed for it to erupt could come about in a short period of time, “a span of mere decades”. They went on to surmise that if the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone were to blow again, we may not know until the time is upon us.
The eruption would spew an almost unimaginable amount of rock and ash up into our atmosphere. It would cover the skies around the earth.
Apparently the study suggested that the critical changes leading up to a super eruption would happen over a much shorter time period than previously thought.
Yellowstone Volcano Facts
- The national park sits atop 4 overlapping calderas.
- Large eruptions occurred 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 630,000 years ago.
- The last one ejected about 240 cubic miles of rock, dust and volcanic debris into the sky.
It goes without saying, the Yellowstone Volcano eruption prediction is something we hope scientists can one day soon, predict with a lot of accuracy.